The inevitable worst game ever thread

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Voyage Into The Unknown was pants, I can remember as a youngster loading it up on my uncle's speccy and probably spending about a minute trying to play it.

Macsen cocked up their conversion of the TV Quiz Countdown as well, first by making it two player only instead of the usual player vs CPU option and in the letters round it wasn't unusual to end up with trying to spell a word form something like "WXXUZNUOP" rather than having the more common letters in the English language appearing more often.
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I remember reading a review of Mastertronic's 1985-The Day After back in the day in Microhobby magazine (IIRC) and I had never read such a bad, bad review of a game up to then.

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Even nowadays I haven't downloaded and played it yet, so I haven't my own opinion, but... anyone can confirm that game disaster?
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Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:04 pm
I remember reading a review of Mastertronic's 1985-The Day After back in the day in Microhobby magazine (IIRC) and I had never read such a bad, bad review of a game up to then.

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Even nowadays I haven't downloaded and played it yet, so I haven't my own opinion, but... anyone can confirm that game disaster?
I remember buy it, and trying to play it back in the day. Did I get far? Nope. Just tried again and managed to get a few character squares to the left and kept crashing. The gravity is all eff-ed up. This is a game for Pavero to make a map.
1985 makes Voyage into the Unknown a very playable and enjoyable game.
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1985... hateful.
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I might have gone for Jack and the Beanstalk or SQIJ, but now you've reminded me that Voyage Into The Unknown exists and that was spectacularly awful. Here's a crappy BASIC effort and you have to guess what the controls might be. I mean, at least with SQIJ you knew the controls were broken and had the opportunity to give up right away. VittU just printed up random messages as you mashed away at the keyboard trying to figure out if it would get better if you could just get past the starting sequence. I suspect it did not, I never found out - I traded my copy in the playground for JSW2, one of the best deals I ever made.
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1985 is rubbish but as a kid I didnt just dismiss it. The sound and graphics created a bit of an atmosphere.

I thought that it was my own fault for not being good enough at the game. I just considered it to be too hard but something that I could possibly take a go at now and again.
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Going by games I actually owned as kid, and therefore had to put some effort into, rather than stuff I've fired into an emulator for 20 seconds I would nominate:

Corridors of Genon - I know this is considered a decent early Speccy game but I absolutely hated it. It was abysmally boring.
Warlock of Firetop Mountain - a very dull game of aimless wandering.
The Crypt - The loading was probably quicker than the movement response. Best thing about it was the inlay artwork.
Ah Diddums - A bug-ridden, tragically programmed, incomprehensible travesty from the most overrated, overly arrogant software house in Speccy history.
Jack and the Beanstalk - An utter, almost impossible, mess.

Funnily enough I owned original copies of all the above - not that I bought or chose any of them personally! I think all of them came from an aunt. None of them would have been Bargain Bucket stuff either - I had them all in 1984.
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Hello everyone. I would like to begin by adding an obvious game to this list: Super Soccer by Imagine. Awful Awful Awful Awful Awful.
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Definitely SQIJ for me.
I love how you have to POKE before the game even runs (or remember to put BASIC into CAPS MODE before loading?) Inspired!
Also, a game that has made me laugh out loud in it's well rounded crapness!
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Spector wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Hello everyone. I would like to begin by adding an obvious game to this list: Super Soccer by Imagine. Awful Awful Awful Awful Awful.
Hi Spector.

Super Soccer was indeed horrible, but wait until you try Peter Beardsley's International Football. Or Gazza's Super Soccer :x

Gazza II, on the other hand, was a different matter altogether.
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